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[tah-bluh, tuhb-luh]
  1. a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.
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Origin of tabla

1860–65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum
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Historical Examples of tabla

  • One leg of each was resting on the tabla The lady reported us as sitting together on a sofa.

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    Thomas Inman

  • Tabla ang risulta sa iliksiyun, The election ended in a draw.

  • Tabla ang itap-ung sa lungag, Use a piece of wallboard to cover the hole.

  • At our wish she then brought out the tabla, or board of wood on which the beating is done, and the stone for beating.

British Dictionary definitions for tabla


  1. a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
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Word Origin for tabla

Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum
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Word Origin and History for tabla


pair of drums used in northern Indian music, 1865, from Hindi, from Arabic tabl "a drum played with the hand."

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